Rants & Essays
Fun With Candles
I had a conversation with a friend of mine the other
day. He had a nasty burn on his chest (right on the nipple) and was bitching
about his goth girlfriend who burned him. I managed to get his story out of him
with a few drinks and some conversation.
It seems that they had entered a new chapter in their sex
lives, and that they had begun experimenting with the erotic uses of candle
wax. They didn't really know what they were doing though...the result: a nasty
burn and some bruised feelings.
As a public service announcement I thought I'd give a few
tips that have worked well for me in the past.
1. Don't use beeswax candles. I know they're organic and
nifty and all that, but they having a burning temperature much higher than your
average store-bought candle. Also, the wax itself can sometimes ignite on skin.
The results can be nasty. Try standard issue white taper candles, or votive
candles. I know black is the cool color to use but the dyes in the wax can
carry too much of a temperature charge.
2. Try to keep some distance between the candle and the
exposed skin. Start high and slowly drip lower. On especially sensitive areas
(You know where!), start about 20-30 inches above the skin. The sensation is
still nifty and you won't burn your partner.
3. Have ice cubes, in a small dish, near your bed (Couch,
loveseat, dead goat skin, whatever it is you are doing the do on). They lower
the temp of the wax and they can create a truly stunningly pleasant reaction.
Blindfolds are a big help with these (evil grin).
4. Sealing wax, like that used for letters, is a wild card.
Sometimes it's very pleasant, sometimes it's like napalm. Test it on your wrist
5. Go light on the latex and PVC clothing if you're going to
be toying with the hot stuff. Some kinds of rubber have exceedingly low melting
points. You could ruin a really cool outfit (or piss off your mistress, which
is much worse).
Anyway good luck, and happy fornication, you sexy creature
of the night you!